Time to Read Another George R. R. Martin Book: SyFy Picks Up and Casts Nightflyers, Plus HBO Says Winter Ain’t Coming for a LONG Time *Updated

(Editor’s note:  This piece was originally published January 4, 2018)

It might not be the George R. R. Martin book you were hoping to read in 2018, but hey, if you can’t have the one you love …

Speaking of that other book (The Winds of Winter), related to the wintry series — Game of Thrones — does anyone think we’ll see it finished before the HBO adaptation’s final season?

Believe it or not, we might have a chance, because today it was officially announced:  Game of Thrones doesn’t return until 2019 (for its six-episode eighth season), which gives George quite a lot of time to finish up.

I guess that’s not-so-great news, but there is good news; SyFy is picking up an altogether different GRRM story, and they’ve already cast the series.

Space horror, Nightflyers (previously adapted as a movie) is set in the Thousand Worlds universe (also in Martin’s The Way of Cross and Dragon, With Morning Comes Mistfall, Dying of the LightSandkingsA Song for Lya), and follows a group of scientists as they attempt to make contact with an enigmatic space creature; also on board the ship is a “powerful telepath”. As per usual on such missions, things begin to go very — violently — wrong, and the crew turns on each other.

As if the Martin pedigree and the space venture gone wrong theme weren’t enough, check out the excellent and diverse cast .

Jodie Turner Smith (The Last Ship, The Neon Demon) as genetically enhanced human, Melantha Jhirl

Gretchen Mol (Chance, Boardwalk Empire, Manchester by the Sea) as Dr. Agatha Matheson

David Ajala (Falling Water, Jupiter Ascending) as Roy Eris

Eoin Macken (The Night Shift, Resident Evil:  The Final Chapter) as Karl D’Branin

Maya Eshet (Love, Teen Wolf, Man Seeking Woman) as Lommie

Angus Sampson (Fargo, Shut Eye, Mad Max:  Fury Road) as Rowan

Brían F. O’Byrne (The Magicians, Mercy Street, Manhunt:  Unabomber) as Auggie

Impressive, no? This is just the thing to lure me back to SyFy.

Daniel Cerone (The Blacklist, Dexter, Constantine, The Mentalist, Dirty Sexy Money) cowrote the series, and will serve as showrunner; Martin will of course, executive produce, and we’ll update you on a premiere date when the announcement is made.

*Updated March 20, 2018

Here’s the first Nighflyers teaser, described by Martin himself as “Psycho in space“, and it really does look “just effing awesome”.



Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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